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Laura: A Creole Plantation

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Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
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Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's...

Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936.

This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture.

Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded.

Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 



La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 



Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 



Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.



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Creole Plantation; a great start for plantation touring.

Laura is a beautiful Creole plantation refurbished to a state to suggest a mid-1800’s LA sugar cane plantation. This working plantation, although grand and even opulent from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Laura is a beautiful Creole plantation refurbished to a state to suggest a mid-1800’s LA sugar cane plantation. This working plantation, although grand and even opulent from the outside, served as business quarters for the owners during the cane growing/processing season. Laura’s story and family history are well documented making for a fantastic story and an enjoyable tour. Our docent,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hi, just a few words for our visit to this plantation. It's around 1 hour away from New Orleans. Enjoyed the visist and the guide was very good adding a few theatrical comments. All was good on a nice sunny day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was excellent so much history skeletons in the closet story. The guide was great he knew his stuff and kept you wondering what was going to happen next. The house was well restored and made you envision what it was like to have lived in that time. So simple but so beautiful. The family history was what made this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Was surprised with the detail and quality of the tour.. Discussed in depth the architecture and detailed history of the plantation. Gave a great sense of the culture of the times and family dynamics well worth the money

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Our guide (Kristyn) was likeable and informative and we found the tour interesting. The tour focuses on the history of the family that lived in the house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Laura Plantation has a fascinating history, and the experience is even better when told by such a great storyteller - it's worth the visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide was Camille if I'm not mistaken. she was funny, informative and made the visit a great experience. As far as US history goes, this was great. it's just that we're used to very old ancient times historical tours so this wasn't as rich.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We learnt a great deal about the everyday life of a wealthy family and their slaves on a sugar cane plantation. The guides were very knowledgeable and talked enthusiastically about the history of the house and the people who lived there. Original furniture, artefacts and documents were on display. At the end of the tour we could even take home... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed visiting the grounds of the plantation; however, my tour guide was ill-informed about the legacy of slavery and seemed determined to romanticize the era--while claiming to be a "social historian". For those that may not be familiar with the legacy and horrors of this institution, please do your own independent research before and after your plantation sight-seeing. As... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Covers the beginning to end of this plantation, including the family fights, and how the last generation survived to tell the story. Includes frank talk about the slaves and how the later generations tried to relieve some of their pain. Our guide was a college grad, very good speaker. Unfortunately he did not talk about the Brer rabbit stories, something... More 

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